See below. Important interventions include a nettie pot, decongestants, antibiotics if indicated.
I'm at work with sinus headache and congestion. I've taken 20mgs of phenylephrine like 3 hours ago. Would it hurt me to take one 30mg pseudophedrine?
Depends. There are unfortunate systemic side effects of oral decongestants that include elevated blood pressure, sometimes cardiac hyper-excitability with palpitations or worse. Nasal decongestant like oxymetazoline may be effective (use carefully per insert) with less systemic effects. Good hydration helps to thin mucus as drainage through the sinus openings may cause pain. Guaifenesin can also help. Read more...